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Berkeley Bicycle Plan 

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On May 2, 2017 the Berkeley City Council approved the Berkeley Bicycle Plan 2017. The vision of the Bicycle Plan is to make Berkeley a model bicycle-friendly city where bicycling is a safe, attractive, easy, and convenient form of transportation and recreation for people of all ages and bicycling abilities.

The Plan is the result of a robust public engagement process that included more than a dozen Open Houses and other public events as well as an innovative public survey that collected the opinions and preferences of more than 600 Berkeley residents. City staff, with consultant support, completed a “Level of Traffic Stress” analysis to better understand what bikeway improvements could encourage more people to bicycle in Berkeley. The resulting Plan recommends a core network of “Low Stress” bikeways, a continuous and connected system of safe and comfortable bikeways that serve all types of people riding bicycles in Berkeley. The core Low Stress network is part of a larger overall bikeway system in Berkeley that is supported by wayfinding signage, bike parking, a high standard of maintenance, and education, encouragement and outreach programs.

The bikeway costs, prioritization, and design guidelines resources in the Plan will help City staff, the City Council, and the community to determine where to focus our energy within the range of recommended bicycle projects and programs.  

The Berkeley Bicycle Plan 2017 can be found in PDF chapters here and requires at least Acrobat 6.0 for viewing:

The Berkeley Bicycle Plan 2017 Appendices can be found in PDF here and requires at least Acrobat 6.0 for viewing:


 For information about the process to develop this plan, please see here.

 The May 2, 2017 Berkeley City Council resolution approving the plan can be found here

 The May 2, 2017 City staff presentation to the Berkeley City Council can be found here (4.1 MB)  

The City of Berkeley is committed to meeting its Climate Action Plan goals by creating a healthy and sustainable community. Information about the Climate Action Plan can be found here.


Archived Bicycle Plans 

The 2005 Berkeley Bicycle Plan is available here (pdf, 791 KB)

The 2000 Berkeley Bicycle Plan is available here (pdf, 1.25 MB)

The 1971 “Berkeley Bikeways Plan” Local Transit Committee Report is available here (pdf, 5 MB)

  • The 1971 “Berkeley Bikeways Plan” was a report written by the Local Transit Committee, a special committee of the Berkeley Planning Commission at that time. This report was an action plan for implementation of bicycle transportation objectives in the Circulation section of the 1968 Berkeley Master Plan. Two maps from the 1971 “Bikeways Plan” report were eventually adopted by the Berkeley City Council as part of the Transportation Element of the 1977 Berkeley Master Plan: “Berkeley Bikeways – Complete Network” and “Berkeley Bikeways – Phase 1”.

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